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  • After twenty-five years, Cinemateca Uruguaya's most devoted employee, Jorge (real-life Uruguayan critic Jorge Jellinek), still finds his inspiration in caring for the films and audiences that grace the seats and screen of his beloved arthouse cinema. But when dwindling attendance and diminishing support force the theater to close its doors, Jorge is sent into a world he knows only through the lens of art—and suddenly forced to discover a new passion that transcends his once-celluloid reality. Stylishly framed in black-and-white with brilliantly understated performances, Federico Veiroj's sly and loving homage to the soul of cinema is a universally appealing gem and knowing charmer about life after the movies. "I strongly encourage anyone in love with cinema not to miss the opportunity to watch this droll film at any festival where it's programmed." –The Evening Class "Shot in luscious black and white, "A Useful Life" illustrates the difficulties of maintaining cultural institutions in developing countries." –Indiewire "What begins as a seemingly dry work directed purely at cinephiles evolves almost invisibly into a droll romantic comedy, and marks a clear step forward for Veiroj." –Variety "A Useful Life (La Vida Útil)" is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. Spanish with English subtitles.
  • A Useful Life is a short 2010 Uruguayan drama film about the love of film, directed by Federico Veiroj and shot in black-and-white. The film was selected as the Uruguayan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards but it did not make the final shortlist.

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